Another month, another amazing slot featuring one of the Buffer brothers from Relax Gaming! The latest edition, It’s Time!!, is designed in partnership with world famous MMA ring announcer Bruce Buffer.
This may very well be an instant player favourite. Let’s jump into the ring and check it out!
It’s time to tell you about It’s Time!!
Straight off the bat we should explain that although this slot is completely different from Relax Gaming’s previous release, Let’s Get Ready to Rumble, featuring Bruce’s brother Michael.
This should hardly be surprising. The company’s Head of Gaming Daniel Jonsson told us in a recent interview that Relax always begin each game “from zero,” and never recycle mechanics and features from one game to the next.
One immediate difference is this is a high volatility slot (rated 4 out of 5). On average it will produce bigger wins than Let’s Get Ready to Rumble, but fewer of them.
The basic structure is six reels with four rows, with a maximum payout of 2,500x stake. The return-to-player rate is 96.74%.
The game display takes place on the side of an MMA “octagon” fighting cage. The high symbols are four different MMA fighters, plus Bruce Buffer himself. Each of the high symbols has a wild version (symbolised by a golden frame around the symbol).
On random spins an electric current will appear around the four central symbol spaces. If these fill with the identical high symbol a Hot Spot bonus is triggered. The symbols lock into place, convert into wilds, and a respin is triggered. In the respin, the same symbols will act as wilds again.
The Fighter Bonus comes into play if full stacks of two different fighter symbols fill up reels 1 and 6 (the far left and the far right). This result generates a 5 spin bonus game, with additional fighter symbols locking into place with each spin.
But wait, there’s more to the Fighter Bonus! Additional bonus symbols can appear, including an Energy Drink symbol which raises the multiplier 1x, and other symbols showing a fighter punching left or right, or in four diagonal directions at once. These symbols and the symbols in the direction of their attack convert into the symbol of the relevant fighter. That sounds complicated, the important part is they do cool stuff that makes your wins bigger!
This being MMA, it is a contest between two fighters. Whichever fighter has the most symbols at the end of the Fighter Bonus is the winner!
The Buffer Bonus
Wait! There’s another bonus: the Buffer Bonus.
This is triggered when full stacks of Bruce Buffer symbols fill reels 1 and 6. This triggers 3 bonus spins – any new symbol that appears in any of them becomes sticky and also resets the bonus spins remaining count back to 3. The fighting symbols from the Fighter Bonus appear here as well and work the same way.
Why It’s Time!! will be huge
We liked Let’s Get Ready to Rumble, but of the two Buffer brother games It’s Time!! is our clear favourite. Its design is much more cartoony, which is not to everyone’s taste, but this style clearly reflects this games sense of fun.
The wide variety of mechanics means there is a lot of play to be had before things get repetitive. The Fighter Bonus is clever and contains lots of interesting variables without being overly complex. The Hot Spot adds a sense of excitement early during a spin, which is always fun.
Which Buffer brother got the better slot? Judge for yourself, but we’ll go with Bruce.
Where can you play It’s Time!!?
Both It’s Time!! and Let’s Get Ready to Rumble are out now on Casumo. That is hardly surprising considering the huge selection of slots available there.
Sign up for an account with Casumo and as a new player get 30 wager free spins. Okay, these wager free spins are for Book of Dead, not It’s Time!!, but not to worry. With a first deposit new players can get a 100% match up to £300 which will generate plenty of opportunities for other slot play.
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